Saturday 14 March 2015


Title: Keep It Real And Grab A Plunger: 25 Tips For Surviving Parenthood
Author: Julie K. Nelson

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Get the parenting results you want without stepping into the battle zone. Popular radio personality, university professor, author, and TV expert Julie K. Nelson combines her professional expertise with her personal experience as a mom of five in this book. Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this must-read will help you enforce rules without manipulation or coercion and addresses a wide variety of essential parenting topics.


I was approached by the author of the book via Cedar Fort Publisher with a request for me to review the book. My initial thought's were that this would be a fun, maybe
even humorous read which would contain some great parenting tips. 

As I said above, I received an e-copy of this one in exchange for my honest review. The cover image plays on the title of the book by showing a plunger, so it makes you feel like this book will be a down to earth no nonsense guide to hep you through the pitfalls of parenting. Would the cover make me pick this one up from a book store shelf? I think the cover will attract the eye when placed upon a shelf amongst other titles of this type. As I wouldn't really buy a parenting book, I cannot honestly say I would pick it up from a book store shelf. Though I do think the comedy of the plunger on the cover will attract those who want a light hearted view and advice on parenting.
The book did indeed start off in a fairly light hearted way and I did begin to enjoy the book. Then the tips/parenting advice became a little too "preaching" in it's delivery. I did persevere with the book and it does certainly contain lots of great advice. I just felt some of the advice felt like quite obvious and was what most parents would already know, or it could be classed as "common sense". 
I think this book would maybe be useful for first time parents, or even people thinking of starting a family.
So did I enjoy the book? It wasn't what I had been expecting but was an informative read. Would I recommend the book? Yes, but I'd say newer parents would be the target audience that would benefit from the book the most. Would I read other parenting books? I have read other parenting books, but more "tongue in cheek", or one's with some comedy such as "Diary Of A Single Mom"  Would I read other titles by this author? That would depend on the individual title.

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